Archive for October 2014

Future Fishermen Education Program

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Dear Teachers, Leaders and State Partners,

We hope the coming of spring has brought with it many fishing adventures for you and your students! We realize buying tackle for your education programs can be expensive. And we know it’s often difficult deciding exactly what to buy when there’s so much from which to choose.

The Future Fisherman Foundation (F3) wants to help you make the best selection of tackle for your program at the best price. That’s why we’ve started Tackle for Educators, a new program designed by F3 and its partners in response to requests from our teachers to assist in selection and purchase of must have items. After reviewing equipment orders placed in the past, discussing equipment needs with our state partners and analyzing program reports submitted as part of the Physh Ed and HOFNOD programs, our team determined the most requested and useful equipment items.

We then shared our list with our industry partners and asked if they would help us with a program to assist educators who are delivering long-term angling-education programs. Their response was enthusiastic. Each partner offered to provide special pricing and/or free shipping to help offset the price of ordering through this new program.

Criteria for Participation
To qualify for F3’s Tackle for Educators Program, you must be delivering youth education programs that provide severalopportunities for participants to fish over a period of time as opposed to a half-day or one-day special event such as a fishing derby. Although we value fishing derbies as introductions to fishing, these do not qualify for our program. Samples of eligible programs include:

School programs that include classroom lessons and field trips over the course of the year, semester or unit of study
After-school programs that meet on a regular basis
Community fishing clubs that host multiple trips over the course of the year or season
Camps that meet over several days or weeks
Procedures

If you meet these criteria and want to learn more, visit our website www.futurefisherman.org and click on the Tackle For Educators button.
The information on this page courtesy of Future Fisherman Foundation

The Student Angler Federation – Promoting Education through Fishing!

The Student Angler Federation Promoting Education through Fishing!

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One of the fastest growing youth related movements across the country are High School fishing clubs!
The Bass Federation, the nation’s oldest and largest organized grassroots fishing organization, is leading the way with the development of the Student Angler Federation.

So what is the SAF? First of all, it’s a great way to promote education through fishing. Have you ever asked yourself, “when am I ever going to need to know this, or why do I need to learn that”? The objective of the SAF is to relate subject matter and basic principles of education to how anglers use them out on the water every day. Also, the SAF is aimed at getting students off the couch and back into the great outdoors by promoting the formation of fishing clubs and outdoor activities within the school. A byproduct of SAF efforts is the creation of competitive fishing in club tournaments and events between neighboring schools.

How can your school get started? The process is pretty simple. First, if you’re an educator or parent interested in starting a club, click on the link below for your application for the free SAF Packet. The packet includes a 15 minute classroom DVD, a sample copy of our club workbook, and detailed information about the SAF membership process, benefits, and dues.
If you’re a student, there’s one more step; meet with your principle or teacher to ask for a little help getting started. Then, you can apply for the same packet and be on your way by clicking the link below.

Why join the SAF? The Bass Federation has more experience and active fishing clubs than any other organization. We know it’s necessary to build clubs up from an organizational standpoint with vital components like insurance coverage, textbooks and experience in organized fishing events.

What’s the cost? The SAF is less than the cost to play nearly all “Stick and Ball sports”, such as Little League baseball. The benefits make it one of the best bargains in all of sports. The membership dues are $25 per student, and for that each club member, the club itself and any volunteer who participates in a club event are covered by liability insurance through the SAF.

Also, for each student who joins, we provide a workbook, a one year subscription to FLW Outdoor’s Magazine, and the opportunity to qualify and fish in SAF and TBF events across the country.

If money is an issue, we also have an excellent and healthy fundraiser, which will help students raise all the money needed to pay for memberships and any club expenses. Click on the fundraising link below to get started.

By now it’s pretty evident the SAF is without a doubt the leader in successful High School Fishing clubs and events for students.

To get started, click on the link below and we’ll get your free school packet on its way.
If you have any questions please feel free to contact the TBF National Youth Director, Mark Gintert, at Mark@BassFederation.com.for any additional information or questions.

Get your free school packet by clicking this link: BassFederation.com/youth_saf.php

Get information on fundraising by clicking this link: BassFederation.com/fundraiser.php.

Proposing High School Bass Fishing

Proposing High School Bass Fishing

A group of Missouri anglers are working with the Missouri State High School Activities Association (MSHSAA) to initiate bass fishing as a sanctioned activity in high schools throughout the state.

Fishing was one of the activities included on the MSHSAA annual questionnaire sent out last winter to its member schools. If the listed activities were to become sanctioned by MSHSAA, the organization wanted to know whether schools would register and participate. The survey revealed that 36 schools were interested in starting bass fishing as an activity. MSHSAA requires participation from 50 schools in order to hold a sanctioned state championship.

The group promoting high school fishing met this summer with Dr. Kerwin Urhahn, MSHSAA executive director, who said the program would be a good one for the schools. However, he said it is up to the group to convince individual high school principals throughout the state to approve such a program. Dr. Urhahn plans on discussing the proposal with principals during a series of area meetings in January and if the principals show enough interest, the proposal will be placed on the annual MSHSAA ballot next April.

Next on the agenda for the group is to attend the area meetings in January with Dr. Urhahn to explain the fishing proposal to school officials. The group is also putting together a list of clubs and individual anglers interested in volunteering to serve as boat captains or mentors for their area high schools.

Missouri anglers became interested in promoting the cause after neighboring Illinois became the first state to sanction bass fishing as a high school activity. Now more than 200 schools participate in the Illinois program.

Anyone interested in helping the Missouri movement can call John Neporadny at 573/365-4296 or e-mail him at john@jnoutdoors.com . More information about the high school fishing proposal is available at the following web sites: www.jnoutdoors.com and www.fishingradioshow.com. Information about the high school fishing proposal is also available on the Facebook page, Supporters of Missouri High School Sanctioned Fishing.